Thee Men’s Warehouse is an actual “Unit for Lease” warehouse with a stage that’s surrounded by a second-story loft/balcony, a BYOB policy and a whiskey drinking sound guy. Basically the best place to see bands if you’re cheap. Young. Or both.
Down in Anaheim on Friday night, Tucson’s Resonars were touring in support their album Bright and Dark, which had just turned thirteen. Thanks to Burger Records – who has granted the album its birthday wish of being pressed onto vinyl and given a Specter-esque re-master – Resonars have been resurrected with the re-release of their sophomore album.
The production on Bright and Dark is quintessentially late sixties/early seventies. On songs like “Bathyscope,” which submerses the background in bubbling brooks and trippy reverb, singer Matt Rendon’s vocals come out sparkling clean. It’s reminiscent of The Turtles’ first record It Ain’t Me Babe, but not as innocent and well trodden.
Resonars took the stage with a gaggle of newly-found fans around them. The four-piece harmonized their way through “If He’s So Great”, which is less lava lamps and kaleidoscopes and more straight up power-pop, so imagine The Hollies: Live at Budokan .In true Turtles fashion, they closed with a better-than-the-original cover of Bob Dylan’s “Queen Jane.”
Next, and also from Tucson, Lenguas Largas packed the small stage with two drum sets and five guitarists. Dripping with sweat and still onstage after he played with Resonars, lead singer Isaac Reyes belted out “Yardsale Heart” and “I Feel” to a unilateral agreement of precise starts and stops. When Lenguas Largas hit those chords and drum falls in unison, the crowd could definitely feel it.
Last, but not a feast, Feeding People dealt out the closest thing to uncut psychedelia with singer Jessie Jones’s voice, which is an angelic and devilish mix of wailing and rockin’.
Feeding People were not going to be limited to a smallish stage either, so the bassist hoisted himself into the rafters lined with people and leaving one-by-one the guitarist was next to go, then Jones, but they could have kept playing all night.
After the show, old and young spilled out into the enormous parking lot and mingled in mutual admiration. Lots of back-patting and beer is always the sign of a great show.
Special shout out to Forever Baby (ex-Drinkers Purgatory/ Pterodacdudes), who started the evening off well distorted with a riff-heavy, extremely noisy five-piece. Sign them to Siltbreeze already!